Wilbur Cross reading rooms reopen after renovation


Students utilize the peaceful study space in the newly renovated South Reading Room in the Wilbur Cross building on October 9, 2018 (Judah Shingleton/The Daily Campus)

The Wilbur Cross Reading Rooms have recently undergone renovations to restore them to a classic reading room style, according to UConn Today.

“The new set up in the South Reading Room makes it a great alternative study space to the library,” third-semester exploratory student Justin Jones said.

The renovation includes an update to the audio-visual and information technology systems of both rooms and enhancements to the study spaces, according to UConn Today.

“I think it looks a lot nicer in here now. The long tables are a lot more functional than the chairs that used to be in here,” Jones said. “I think a lot more students will utilize South Reading Room now that it is renovated.”

The South Reading Room will now permanently serve the purpose of a quiet student study space Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to midnight, Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to midnight. The North Reading Room will still be used for meetings and various campus events, according to UConn Today.

The Wilbur Cross Building served as UConn’s library until 1978 when the Homer Babbidge Library was constructed. The recent renovations have restored some of that “classic library feel,” according to UConn Today.

“I really like the way the new renovations to South Reading Room make it feel like I’m doing work in a traditional library,” third-semester biology major Klayton Ferguson said.

Wilbur Cross has long been a key building on campus since its opening in 1939, according to UConn Today. It is home to University services like the Office of the Registrar, the Bursar’s Office, the Financial Aid Office and the Center for Career Development.

In the future, the University and the UConn Foundation will potentially have naming opportunities for benefactors of the University, according to UConn Today.

“I think that many students would agree that the improved look of the Wilbur Cross Reading Rooms [makes] it a new favorite spot on campus,” Ferguson said.

I think that many students would agree that the improved look of the Wilbur Cross Reading Rooms [makes] it a new favorite spot on campus
— Third-semester biology major Klayton Ferguson

EllieAnn Lesko is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can reached via email at ellieann.lesko@uconn.edu.

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